1966 Miami Dolphins season

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1966 Miami Dolphins season
Head coach George Wilson
Results
Record 3–11
Division place 5th AFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
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The 1966 Miami Dolphins season was the team's inaugural year in the American Football League (AFL). The Dolphins team was founded by attorney/politician Joe Robbie and actor/comedian Danny Thomas. Future Harlem Globetrotters and Montreal Canadiens owner George N. Gillett, Jr. was a minority partner in the Miami Dolphins.[1]

Offseason[edit]

AFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1966 AFL Draft

With the first pick overall, the Dolphins selected running back Jim Grabowski our of the University of Illinois.[2] Grabowski was also drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League's draft. The result was a bidding war between the two franchises to obtain Grabowski's services. The Packers signed Grabowski and he played for them for five seasons.

1966 Miami Dolphins draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Jim Grabowski  Running back Illinois
1 2 Rick Norton  Quarterback Kentucky
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1966 Miami Dolphins staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Kicking – Bobby Walston


Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Eastern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Buffalo Bills 9 4 1 .692 358 255
Boston Patriots 8 4 2 .677 315 283
New York Jets 6 6 2 .500 322 312
Houston Oilers 3 11 0 .214 335 396
Miami Dolphins 3 11 0 .214 213 362

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Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 2, 1966 Oakland Raiders L 23–14 0–1–0
25,188
2 September 9, 1966 New York Jets L 19–14 0–2–0
33,650
3 September 18, 1966 at Buffalo Bills L 58–24 0–3–0
37,176
4 Bye
5 October 2, 1966 at San Diego Chargers L 44–10 0–4–0
26,444
6 October 9, 1966 at Oakland Raiders L 21–10 0–5–0
28,863
7 October 16, 1966 Denver Broncos W 24–7 1–5–0
22,191
8 October 23, 1966 at Houston Oilers W 20–13 2–5–0
21,999
9 Bye
10 November 6, 1966 Buffalo Bills L 29–0 2–6–0
36,685
11 November 13, 1966 at Kansas City Chiefs L 34–16 2–7–0
33,733
12 November 20, 1966 at New York Jets L 30–13 2–8–0
57,092
13 November 27, 1966 Boston Patriots L 20–14 2–9–0
22,480
14 December 4, 1966 at Denver Broncos L 17–7 2–10–0
32,116
15 December 11, 1966 Kansas City Chiefs L 19–18 2–11–0
17,881
16 December 18, 1966 Houston Oilers W 29–28 3–11–0
19,274

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Montreal Canadiens:100 Years of Glory, D’Arcy Jenish, p.296, Published in Canada by Doubleday, 2009, ISBN 978-0-385-66325-0
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 396
  3. ^ "1966 Miami Dolphins draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 298

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